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  • Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions

    06/24/2019 6:30:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 24, 2019 | Nasser Karimi and Mohammad Nasiri
    As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Many blame President Donald Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing U.S. sanctions on the country. In recent weeks, Iran has threatened to break out of the deal unless European powers mitigate what...
  • Germany has a terrorism problem, foreign minister says [but not Islamic]

    06/21/2019 10:22:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.22.2019 | dv/aw (AFP, dpa)
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called for protests against right-wing extremism, claiming in an op-ed published in the Saturday edition of Bild newspaper that Germany “has a terrorism problem.” In the editorial, Maas responded to the recent murder of a German district president, Walter Lübcke, as well as death threats directed towards pro-migrant politicians Henriette Reker and Andreas Hollstein, the mayors of western German cities Cologne and Altena respectively. ”Eighty years after the beginning of World War II, politicians have again become victims of right-wing terrorists. Because of their beliefs. Because of their commitment to our country,” Maas wrote....
  • EU leaders fail to agree on 2050 climate goal

    06/21/2019 5:13:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 21, 2019 | Samuel Petrequin and Raf Casert
    European Union leaders failed Thursday to back a plan to make the bloc’s economy carbon neutral by 2050 in spite of promises to protesters across the continent to fight harder against climate change. Ahead of a U.N. meeting in the fall, the proposal was relegated to a non-binding footnote in the final statement of Thursday’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels. “For a large majority of Member States, climate neutrality must be achieved by 2050,” the footnote read. However, for the change in approach to become an official target, all 28 EU countries need to back the change. The non-decision...
  • Brexit: What is the Irish border backstop?

    06/19/2019 7:57:08 AM PDT · by Hostage · 65 replies
    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor ^ | June 11, 2019 | John Campbell
    A key part of the Brexit negotiations has been the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The border is a matter of great political, security and diplomatic sensitivity in Ireland. Therefore the UK and EU agreed that whatever happens as a result of Brexit there should be no new physical checks or infrastructure at the frontier. This is where the controversial "backstop" comes in. Go on then, what is the backstop? The backstop is a position of last resort, to maintain a seamless border on the island of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves...
  • Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation

    06/16/2019 8:40:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 June 2019 | Fintan O'Toole
    Launching his bid for the Tory leadership this week, Brexit Britain has been wallowing in a hyped-up psychodrama of national humiliation. ..A random sample of headlines from across the spectrum tells the story: “Brexit and the prospect of national humiliation”;“Voice of the Mirror: Theresa May’s Brexit is a national humiliation”;“‘Humiliating to have to beg’ for EU exit, says Arlene Foster” And so, endlessly, on.There is something hysterical in this constant evocation of humiliation. It is a cry of outraged self-regard: how dare they treat us like this? Yes, of course, the Brexit debacle has reduced Britain’s prestige around the world..but...
  • Elite German state police accused of funneling ammunition to 'Prepper' scene

    06/13/2019 2:17:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.12.2019 | ipj/msh (AFP, dpa)
    Charges of breaching Germany’s War Weapons Control Act, its civil arms law and fraud had been laid against the four accused, said public prosecutors in Schwerin, the regional capital of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (MV) state on Wednesday. All the officers worked for the state’s arm of the SEK. Lorenz Caffier, Christian Democrat (CDU) interior minister in the state’s grand coalition cabinet headed by Social Democrat Manuela Schwesig, said he was “profoundly shocked and bewildered” by the turn of events and promised an “airtight” investigation. Regional prosecutors, acting on findings of a 2017 probe by federal prosecutors, effected the arrests on Wednesday...
  • Germany: Gay conversion 'therapy' ban presented

    06/13/2019 1:37:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.11.2019 | es/rc (dpa, EPD)
    German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced his plan on Tuesday to ban so-called gay conversion therapy nationwide. Although the practice is not as common in Germany as it is in other nations, it is still sometimes practiced in religious communities. “Homosexuality is not a disease and therefore does not require treatment,” said Spahn, presenting his findings after having consulted with an expert commission of 46 representatives from the field of politics and science on whether a ban would be advisable, legally and medically. Spahn added that despite being called “therapy,” the practice “makes you sick and is not healthy.” The...
  • Sajid Javid: Government should pay 'hundreds of millions' for Irish border solution

    06/09/2019 1:44:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | June 9 2019 | Andrew Madden
    Tory leadership hopeful Sajid Javid has said the Government should pay “hundreds of millions of euros” to solve the Irish border issue and break the Brexit deadlock. The Home Secretary told the Mail On Sunday he believes a technological solution to the problem can be found and Britain has a “moral and economic duty” to cover the cost. Preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland has long been a major stumbling block in the Brexit negotiations, with the EU proposing the controversial backstop to avoid such a scenario. The backstop is an insurance mechanism in the Withdrawal Agreement...
  • Trump and the Irish

    06/08/2019 9:37:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    American ^ | June 7, 2019 | Derry O'Sullivan
    As an Irishman, I’m embarrassed at the treatment of the President of the United States on his recent visit to Ireland. His shabby reception in Ireland contrasts sharply with the red carpet treatment in London. Media reports that the Leo Varadkar (the Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach) refused to meet at the Trump resort at Doonbeg. The hostile media is having a field day with this. Vox reported President Trump will meet the Irish prime minister -- at the airport. Trump reportedly wanted to go to his golf course in Ireland. The Irish government said no. So they’re meeting at the airport...
  • Germany: Dozens of raids over online hate speech

    06/06/2019 9:09:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.06.2019 | es/sms (dpa, AFP)
    Police in Germany launched dozens of raids across the country on Thursday as part of a crackdown on incitement crimes being spread on the internet. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has said it searched residences in 13 federal states as part of a coordinated operation. One of the largest operations took place in the western city of Koblenz, where the apartments of 12 suspects were searched in connection to two right-wing extremist Facebook groups. The 12 suspects were between the ages of 45 and 68, and were believed to be responsible for the groups called “The Patriots,” and “Our...
  • Vladimir Putin threatens to drop New START nuclear treaty

    06/06/2019 8:35:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.06.2019 | aw/rt (AFP, AP, Reuters)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said an Obama-era nuclear weapons pact would lapse unless the US took an interest in renewing it. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) pact limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads, missiles and bombers and is due to expire in 2021 unless renewed. […] The treaty limits the US and Russia to a maximum of 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, well below Cold War caps. It was signed in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. It is one of the key...
  • Denmark Admits Country Has ‘Big Problem’ With Criminal Migrants

    06/06/2019 9:19:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Breitbart Europe ^ | 5 Jun 2019 | Chris Tomlinson
    Danish Justice Minister Sřren Pape Poulsen has admitted that his country has a “big problem” with migrant criminals and has defended new measures from the government designed to make deportations easier. The minister’s statements come in reaction to a study by Danish media that discovered Somalis were by far the largest foreign nationality in Denmark to be convicted for violence with 916 convictions between 2014 and 2018, Danish tabloid B.T. reports. “Your data clearly shows that there is a big problem with criminal foreigners that we should not have in our society,” Poulsen said and went on to defend the...
  • Noa Pothoven: Raped girl, 17, dies by legal euthanasia in the Netherlands

    06/04/2019 9:23:29 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 38 replies ^ | 04/06/2019 | Lauren Chadwick
    A teenager who said she was raped by two men died by legal euthanasia in the Netherlands, it's emerged. Noa Pothoven made a "sad last post" to social media last week in which she announced she would "die within 10 days". The 17-year-old detailed her struggles with sexual assault, depression, and anorexia in her award-winning biography "Winning or Learning". She wrote in her book that she was first assaulted at the age of 11 and raped by two men when she was just 14-years-old, facts she hid from her parents because she was ashamed. In her last post on Instagram,...
  • Science institute that advised EU and UN 'actually industry lobby group'

    06/02/2019 8:37:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 6 replies ^ | June 2, 2019 | Arthur Nelsen
    An institute whose experts have occupied key positions on EU and UN regulatory panels is, in reality, an industry lobby group that masquerades as a scientific health charity, according to a peer-reviewed study. The Washington-based, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), describes its mission as "pursuing objectivity, clarity and reproducibility,ť to benefit the public goodť.
  • Germany's anti-Semitism debate raises its head at pro-Palestinian march in Berlin

    06/02/2019 1:29:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.01.2019 | Chase Winter
    Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters snaked through the streets of the German capital on Saturday shouting anti-Israel slogans against the backdrop of rising concerns about anti-Semitism in the country. Of the 2,000 banner and flag-waving protesters in the al-Quds march some chanted “Child murderer Israel” and “Zionism is racism,” while others in the same protest expressed support for Palestinians with signs reading “Free Gaza” and “Palestine will be reborn!” At the same time, demonstrators sought to dispel accusations they were anti-Jewish by shouting, “Anti-Semitism is a disgrace.” The annual al-Quds Day march, or Jerusalem Day in Arabic, came as German officials,...
  • Angela Merkel tells Harvard grads to 'tear down walls'

    05/30/2019 11:23:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.30.2019 | Jon Shelton
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a commencement speech to Harvard graduates on Thursday after being greeted with rousing applause when introduced as “one of the most respected and influential leaders of the postwar era.” Addressing students at the Ivy League school’s 368th commencement ceremony, Merkel began in English, yet quickly switched to German. Merkel, speaking through a translator, touched on a number of topics throughout the speech — beginning with her own upbringing in East Germany under the shadow of the Berlin Wall. The idea of the wall was one that she would return to throughout the speech. She would...
  • Disaster for Brexit? SHOCK poll suggests pro-EU Lib Dems on track to WIN general election

    05/30/2019 9:48:46 PM PDT · by Cronos · 96 replies
    Express ^ | 31 May 2019 | James Bickerton
    A SHOCK poll has suggested the Liberal Democrats are on course to get the most votes in a general election, ahead of the Brexit Party, raising fresh concerns anti-Brexit activists will be able to block the UK’s EU departure. The fiercely pro-EU Liberal Democrats have vowed to call a second referendum on Britain's EU membership. A YouGov poll for The Times put them on 24 percent of the vote, ahead of the Brexit party with 22 percent. The Conservatives and Labour are relegated to joint third position with 19 percent each. However according to the Electoral Calculus website Labour still...
  • man shot dead outside home of slain Sean Little in Coolock, north Dublin

    05/28/2019 9:32:31 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 6 replies
    Irish Mirror newspaper ^ | May 28, 2019 | Niall O'Connor
    A man was blasted to death on Tuesday afternoon at the family home of a pal murdered last week. Hamid Sanambar, in his 40s, and originally from Iran but living in Ireland for several years, was blasted in the head by a gunman. He was standing in the garden of the Little home on Kilbarron Avenue in Dublin’s Coolock, when he was struck by a hail of bullets.
  • EU vote faces new covert digital threats: report

    05/26/2019 2:44:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 25 May 2019 13:05 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    New players are exploiting internet lawlessness to disrupt democracy at this week’s European elections, says a new report that points a finger at far-right populists and cyber militias. With the vote running from May 23-26, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) investigated the role of covert digital propaganda in Britain, France, Germany, Italy Spain and Poland. “New actors are taking advantage of the lawlessness of the internet, often aligned with hostile states such as Russia, as well as American special interests, but also creating their own, pan-European campaigns,” said the report released Friday. Populist parties, far-right cyber militias and religious...
  • German anti-Semitism commissioner warns Jews not to wear skullcaps

    05/25/2019 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | May 25, 2019 | Michael Zehender
    The German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner has warned Jews not to wear kippahs in public spaces, saying he had changed his mind on the matter due to a recent rise anti-Semitic crimes in the country. “I am sorry to say that I cannot recommend that Jews wear the kippah everywhere in Germany,” Felix Klein said in comments carried by Funke media group newspapers on Saturday. […] Klein said that 90 percent of people who commit anti-Semitic crimes in Germany were right-wing extremists, while a much smaller number are Muslims “who watch Arabic television channels that convey a terrible image of Israel...